I have been threadpainting the local prairie since 2009. With my camera in hand, I look for things to stitch. I like openness, and the ability to see far. I try to capture lush, full foregrounds to give a stage to hand stitching that I blend with machine work.
Prairie City was quite unintentional. I was out capturing the evening sun as it glowed through the grasses above the riverbank. The ditches lining the road were in full bloom. Back in my studio as I was going through my photos, I noticed the hint of downtown skyline. I did not realized I photographed it! There was something that struck me about seeing the city like that, right there as part of the prairie landscape. I quite enjoyed the urban/rural combination, and decided it would make an interesting composition.
Read more in our Fall 2016 issue.